Copello have partnered with a leading Aviation and Defence business who are looking for a Head of Production to lead, plan and influence on-going operational aircraft projects. This is a great senior opportunity to help build key infrastructure that is going to be vital in keeping the UK safe.

What you'll be doing:

  • Delivering the Manufacturing strategy through leading a large production workforce of c.500+ employees in the production facility to deliver aircraft to complex and demanding programme plans and service solutions.
  • Developing and maintaining strong, senior and high profile customer relationships, to ensure BAE Systems is always the prime choice and is a valued and trusted part of the supply chain.
  • Identifying all dependencies, stakeholders, risks and prioritising workload across multi-functional / discipline teams.
  • Ensuring compliance to all Safety/Quality/People processes.
  • Delivering Maintenance Programmes & Upgrades and managing departmental budgets.
  • Leading and directing a large production workforce and virtual teams of support staff from across Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Logistics, Project Management and others.
  • Solving problems and ability to think laterally to ensure that the overall goals of the programme remain in focus without compromising overall product safety and quality,
  • Continuous process and efficiency improvement through the use of emerging technology and data.
  • Forward thinking employee engagement of a highly unionised workforce.

Your skills and experience: 

  • An inspiring leader, with a focus on the development, engagement, safety and wellbeing of the workforce, as a key enabler to business performance.
  • Experience of high rate production with a focus on process, automation and digital technology, with a progressive route towards this in a manufacturing operational environment.
  • Experienced in operational leadership of multiple teams in a unionised environment.
  • Ability to drive a high performance culture with operational excellence.
  • Proven track record in outcome focused production/manufacturing transformation, technological and cultural change, ideally in an Automotive or Aircraft Design & Manufacturing business.
  • Ability to collaborate across broad internal and external networks.
  • Broad appreciation and understanding of the International Industry, organisations, politics and cultures.

The salary is negotiable and holds a generous benefits package including car allowance and bonus.

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